Synot Liga preview: Bohemians 1905 – Their objective is to survive, again

Bohemians 1905 Weaknesses have been addressed, but the objective is simple: survival. Last season: 14th CZEFootball predicts: 14th Odds: 250/1 (Oddschecker) Key player: Josef Jindrisek – Jindrisek played most of last season as a defensive midfielder and performed his task to aplomb. Not as a flashy or as eye-catching as his midfield partners, especially Jakub Rada and […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 22nd July 2014
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Synot Liga preview: Banik Ostrava – Positive signs, but worrying precedents

Banik Ostrava Will the positive form shown at the end of last season carry over? Last season: 10th CZEFootball predicts: 12th Odds: 80/1 (Oddschecker) Key player: Jan Gregus – Brought over to Bolton by Dougie Freedman, Gregus spent a year in Lancashire on loan and despite scoring a snarling, curling piledriver on his debut for the academy side, […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 21st July 2014
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National League Season Review 2013-14: A nail biting finish

The final day of the National League season provided a caricature of Czech football. Heading into that fateful day three teams, Ceske Budejovice, Taborsko and Hradec Kralove, were separated by a solitary point and, as luck would have it, Taborsko would be hosting Ceske Budejovice in a South Bohemians derby. It was a fixture built […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 1st July 2014
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in Europe 2013-14: Slovan Liberec’s Story of Success

Viktoria Plzen once again rubbed shoulders with Europe’s elite, Jablonec sprung a surprise before being hammered by Betis and Sparta, embarrassingly, crashed out of the Europa League before it had even begun. But far beyond all those narratives; Slovan Liberec reigned supreme. UEFA Champions League It is just so easy reaching the Group Stages of the Champions […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 15th June 2014
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Sparta Prague claim the double after defeating Viktoria Plzen on penalties

Viktoria Plzen 1-1 Sparta Prague 2013-14 Czech Cup Final 17.05.2014 Eden, Prague Sparta Prague win on penalties. With Viktoria Plzen leading with the game moving into stoppage time, Pavel Horvath was willing to while away time on his own by the corner flag. Victory, it seemed, was inevitable. But possession was lost, but the calm […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 18th May 2014
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From Riga to Alkmaar: Slovan Liberec’s great European journey

There is a picture of Vladimír Coufal leaving the pitch of the AFAS Stadion in tears. Alongside him stands an equally forlorn looking Marek Jarolím whilst in front walks club captain Radoslav Kováč, disappointment etched across his normally stoic face. The photograph, captured by Reuters, showcases just how much the Europa League matters to some. In a world where UEFA’s secondary tournament is, in leading footballing nations, maligned in the media and looked down upon, in Alkmaar there was enough proof that the competition means something.
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 3rd March 2014
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the Jedenáct – 2014

These are the Jedenact – 11 promising Czech youngster to keep an eye on over the next twelve months The future is often hard to predict. Nobody knows what lies around the corner, or what will happen next month let alone tomorrow....
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 14th February 2014
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National League Season Review 2012-13: A fine vintage

The season opened and closed with the derby of identity. For years, Bohemians 1905 and Bohemians Prague have been locked in what appears to be a never-ending battle over who is the legal and rightful hold of the Bohemian name. Famously, in 2010, Bohemians Prague refused to take to the field to face their Dolicek namesakes […]
  • Posted by Chris Boothroyd
  • On 24th September 2013
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